and a pretty awesome red blend
Still currently in lock-down due to the Corona Virus pandemic so we are spending a lot of time in the garden eating and drinking along with a few odd jobs I’ve been meaning to complete and running out of excuses not to finish them. Luckily the sun is still shinning so the whites are still flowing, this time I started out with a Spanish Fino Sherry and paired an excellent Gruner Veltliner with a very nice seafood pasta.
The next day, while the weather was still good the barbecue came out again cooking steak and burgers with a rather good red blend from the Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, so here is my summary of three particularly good wines, starting with the sherry……..
Pando Fino Sherry
A drink that can divide opinion no doubt, but if you get it there can be few better pleasures than drinking a chilled glass of dry sherry whether on its own or with some tasty tapas. This particular bottle is produced by the renowned Sherry bodegas Williams & Humbert in Jerez de la Frontera.
Fino is the lightest and driest style and is made from the Palamino grape. All Fino’s are bone dry and it is important to serve it well chilled. It has a bright fresh aroma reminiscent of a sea breeze, it also has a marzipan, dough and nuttiness about it. As I’ve mentioned it’s very dry in taste, fruit wise is more about dried fruits and herbs, there is a toasted nutiness and strong yeast flavour. This was a very good with all the characteristics of typical Fino with enough acidity to keep in fresh and brilliant for a hot summers day.
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Felsner Moosburgerin Gruner Veltliner
This Felsner Moosburgerin Gruner Veltliner from a family run vineyard in Austria is a seriously intense and fabulously aromatic white wine. All hand harvested this was a fantastic example of how good Gruner can be.
Taste wise, mainly orchard fruits, maybe a hint of tropical but with a slight spritz, a little savoury and herbal but it did have plenty of minerality. Vanilla and white pepper pop up giving it a little spice. Drank this with a seafood pasta and it paired beautifully. this is a serious wine at a affordable price of around £12 at Waitrose which in my opinion, worth every penny.
Domaine des Tourelles 2016
Lastly the star of the show and one of the nicest red wines I’ve tasted in a while. This is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan, made in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
What appeals most is how soft this is, full of lovely dark fruits and a mouthful of juiciness, blackberry, cherries, raspberries all make a show, tannins are not intrusive, some mint lurking in the background. Even its muscular 14.5% abv wasn’t noticeable
For an entry level Lebanese wine this was a joy to drink, balanced and complex enough to keep you interested, Chateau Musar it’s not but for the price £10.99 at Majestic it was a star in its own right, I for one, will be back for more.